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Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst

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Lake Muskoka is located between Port Carling and Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. The lake is surrounded by many cottages. The lake is primarily within the Township of Muskoka Lakes, with the southeast corner in the Town of Gravenhurst. The Town of Bala is located on the southwest shores of the lake, where the Moon River starts. Lake Muskoka is connected to Lake Rosseau through the Indian River and lock system at Port Carling. The lake is mainly fed by the Muskoka River, Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.HistoryNative peopleFirst mention of Muskoka in any records is in 1615 and the territory was occupied by Indians, mainly consisting of the Algonquin and Huron tribes. Early explorers to the region like Samuel De Champlain came to the area next followed by Missionaries. The name Muskoka is thought to come from the name of a Chippewa tribe chief named Mesqua Ukee which means "not easily turned back in the day of battle". Also known as Chief Yellowhead, it was Mesqua Ukee who signed the treaties made between the Indians and Province of Canada which sold about 250000acre of land in the area to the Province. He was so revered by the Ontario government that they built a home for him in Orillia where he lived until his death at age 95.
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  • Definitely a great place to relax. Have a Cottage up here and go up every year for staying there, fishing, playing outdoor sports, BBQ'ing, motorboating, etc. Always a fun and great place to visit.  more »
  • This Canadian Lake has real history. As you take a steam ship liesurely around its waters you will soon realize. Pay close attention to the cottages along the ahore line. Be careful.....you may be thi...  more »
  • Perfect temperatures, bright sunny skies, great trails and beautiful scenery along the fantastic snowmobile trails. What a great way to wind down the season then to share a ride on the trails with fam...  more »